Big Questions Seattle: Is free speech possible?

Thursday, April 21, 2022

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Freedom of speech is a cornerstone principle of the United States Constitution. From college campuses to town squares, we have long regarded public spaces as places where speech is open and free. But we’ve seen recent examples of protests that are surveilled, kettled, and shut down. Much expression now happens online, where private companies such as Facebook and Twitter exercise significant control. And many accuse higher education institutions of being among the least tolerant when speech challenges so-called "politically correct" viewpoints. Is our society capable of supporting the free exchange of ideas? What can be done to promote robust, constructive dialogue in America?

Join Dr. Patrick Schmidt, professor of political science and co-director of the legal studies program, in conversation with President Suzanne Rivera. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022
6:30 - 7:00 PM Reception 
7:00 - 8:00 PM Presentation 
8:00 - 8:30 PM Dessert Reception 

COVID-19 Precautions:
Macalester expects that all in-person attendees:

  • Be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to the event. We will verify this by checking proof of full vaccination and tests at the door prior to entering.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask whenever indoors at the event unless eating food or drinking a beverage.
  • Stay home if they have had a known exposure within 14 days of the Inauguration or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
  • We will continue to monitor and follow the City of Seattle's protocols and update event plans as appropriate.

Big Questions are events with Macalester President Rivera, faculty, staff, and alumni that celebrate the liberal arts with thought-provoking conversations about global issues, plus opportunities to connect with your fellow alumni, parents, and friends. See all Big Questions events

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This event is for: Alumni, Faculty, Parents and Families, Staff, Students

Admission: FREE

Sponsored by: Advancement, Alumni Engagement, President, Special Events

Listed under: Alumni Events, Front Page Events

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